- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Editor: Laura Chester
- Available in: Hardcover, Paperback
- Published: January 11, 1992
Our First Summer
At a deepening
of the Isinglass River
I lie down in stones and tea-colored water.
I think: be careful; do not say
The bones of that word mend slowly.
Partaking in the perennial rediscovery inherent in the marriage bed, these contemporary American writers celebrate the sensual aspects of marriage in all of its cycles, from early courtship and the thrills of “The Newlywed Bed,” to the autumnal joys of “The Forever Bed.” Like a box of fine chocolates, this book of sensual writing is meant to be shared, and compared to a box of candy, or a dozen roses, it will last a lot longer.
Chester’s choices reflect her appreciation of the sensual and emotional depths reached through married love and her awareness of the struggle to maintain marriages in our fast-paced world…The tension and excitement of newlyweds, the eroticism of married sex, the wounds caused by infidelity and the almost uncanny bonds of long-term relationships that can survive accidents, separation and even death.” The Los Angeles Times
The Unmade Bed celebrates the emotional and erotic aspects of marriage in all of its phases, from the early thrills of newlyweds to the more mature responses of husband and wife as they continue to please each other. … Here love songs and stories rise to meet the optimism we all need to carry with us. These writers partake in the perennial rediscovery inherent in the marriage relationship. from jacket copy